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Today we discussed the new NGAFID. The NGAFID is part of Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS), a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funded, joint government-industry, collaborative information sharing program to proactively analyze broad and extensive data sources towards the advancement of safety initiatives and the discovery of vulnerabilities in the National Airspace System (NAS). The NGAFID was originally conceived to bring voluntary Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) capabilities to General Aviation, but has now expanded to include the broader aviation community. It is currently in the development stage and should launch shortly. To learn more about NGAFID and its benefits click here.

There were also 2 safety videos that were shared that are useful to the aviation community.

-Mountain Flying and Density Altitude



Hello everyone. I wish more of you could have attended our first meeting this year. Let's try and get everyone on for next months call, I will send out the invite shortly. March 21 is our next meeting at 11am. That is spring break for us, I will be available, if you are not, please let me know and we may change the date.

Today we discussed the recently published "Fatal Flight Training Accident Report 2000-2015". 
This report was a combined effort of AOPA and Liberty University. I have reattached the article below in case you did not get the earlier email. Here is a high level review of the findings, I suggest you take some time to review the entire (although short and easy to read) report to spot any areas where your training facility may need to concentrate. 

  • 2000-2015, 240 fatal flight training accidents occurred, if that is not alarming, it should be.
  • 432 fatalities associated with these accidents, it doesn't take a math major to figure out that the majority of these were flights where instruction was being given.
  • Top three categories were, Loss of control (129), Midair Collision (24), and CFIT (15), followed closely by Fuel related (13)
  • Nearly a third of the loss of control were during takeoff/climb and go around. "Suggesting opportunity for increased emphasis on these high-power, high angle of attack phases of flight". 
  • Loss of control can be mitigated with awareness and safety campaigns, Berry Hancock sent you all an email offering to give a 45 minute seminar on the topic. 
  • Mid-air collisions, "71% occurred outside the airport environment". Get involved in ADS-B installs and upgrades, teach students and instructors the limitations and benefits. 
  • "Reduced visibility played a role in most of the CFIT accidents". Night and IFR training need emphasis in safety and proficiency. 
I am also putting together a Voluntary SMS construction group. If you are interested please contact me directly and we will work out details on a meeting time. I am working with Stefanie Horton at Rocky Mountain College as she has begun the process and has learned a lot in the last year. She has send my materials which I am currently reviewing and will share on our first meeting. As her SMS program advances I will share what she has learned and what we need to do as a group. 

Rick Jeffs will look into who might be designated at the SLC FSDO for the SMS program. 




  • I shared some take aways from this years University Aviation Association Conference in Dallas as well as some information from the associated Safety Share. These included:
  1. We want to have better representation from the Mid-West. Specifically at the Info Share. The Info Share is an opportunity to learn behind closed doors what other flight schools have experienced and learned from accidents, incidents as well as best practices. Vendors are not allowed into this meeting and it is by invitation only. The meeting follows the same rules as the national info share, so participants are not allowed to share specifics or associated schools, but are able to learn from examples and properly plan mitigation strategies. I was able to fill up a couple pages of notes from this session, but I'm sure if more of us are able to attend each will have different take aways. If you can attend next year, please start planning now to get the permissions needed. Sometimes if you are a presenter you have a better chance of getting travel authorization from your school. The Info Share needs presenters for next year. 
  2. We have over the years captured most of the easy to reach low hanging fruit of training safety, we need to be focusing on what increased training and changes in regulations will bring to our gap analysis. 
  3. G-Meters are very useful for aircraft. Most G1000 systems record this data. The Embry Riddle plane accident that happened several months ago was a steam gauge plane. As this unit did not record G-Data, there is no way of knowing how possible exceedences could have played a part in the failure of the wing spar. 
  4. If you are participating in the NGAFID, they are looking at a way to map out traffic alerts that could be recorded in the data to help isolate hot spots in the system. 
  5. Some flight schools have begun installing cameras in their aircraft. Recent technology in smart phones and ipads have brought about new distractions. When some schools reviewed the footage on their cameras they found violations of their schools policies when students used their smart devices during critical phases of flight when solo. If you choose to pursue this route, you will need to become familiar with several privacy and data protection regulations. 
  6. Consider an after flight FRAT to compare to the values entered prior to flight. What were the changes and how did they impact the flight?
  7. There is a free course, this was put out by ERAU but available to all. May be helpful for getting high school students involved at low cost in flight training.
  8. Make sure fatigue is properly weighted on FRATs.
  9. Does a students status, out of state vs local, play a part in their fatigue level.
  • Rick Jeffs (FAASafety) reminded everyone the topic of the month is around medications. CAMI in OKC recently changed their recommendation for non flight after medication to 5x the highest dosage.
  • If anyone is interested in using the Barany Chair that the FAA Safety Team has available please contact Rick. Currently the chair is at SUU as we are currently the only school using this excellent training tool for situational awareness.
  • I will be working with Stephanie Horton from Rocky Mountain College to put together a SMS workshop. More info next month. 


Thank you to all of you who joined and participated in the call today. Here is a recap of items discussed.


  • We finished up our survival kits at SUU. They came in at around $80 each and weighed in at exactly 10 lbs. Picture of laid out contents and list attached below. 
  • I will have an article put together on UAV's for January.
  • Speaking of UAV's, they are getting very cheap. Amazon currently has their best seller listed for less than $40, it weighs less than the FAA .55 lb requirement for registration. It would be wise to have a plan in place of what to do if a drone is encountered in flight. I have reattached the LEO and FAA UAV information below. There is an FAA app B4Ufly that is available for UAV operators that gives a no fly area map around airports and allows them to flight plan.
  • An alert area was added to the Las Vegas sectional for the training area around Cedar City. The chart supplement was recently updated on 12/7 as well. The contacts to add a alert area to the chart is, the contact for the chart supplement is I have attached an example of the set up document for the Cedar City alert area. 
  • Please caution your flight instructors and students that when approaching Cedar City they should change to CTAF prior to 16 NM North of the Field as that is the arc intercept to the ILS. Also use caution when approaching the VOR as it is used heavily for training. Salt Lake Center has been advised and ATC agents should release traffic for a freq change prior to VELDE. 
  • A recent article in Flying Magazine highly criticized the FAASafety Program. I think it is important to keep in mind that as educators and flight schools we establish the safety foundation for future pilots. I have offered students extra credit for being enrolled in the FAASafety program and for attending local or on-line seminars. The alerts and articles they receive as part of this program are priceless. 
  • The ASIAS program is available to flight schools. There is the potential for access to a large amount of safety information that can be implemented in training and other programs to better prepare our students for future employers. I have attached a FAQ below. 
  • A video was placed on Youtube of the recent CFI Endorsement Seminar held at Westminster and recorded by Bountiful Flight. I have been watching and it is excellent. Here is the link.